The Chiefs' Chiefs
As a die-hard Kansas City fan for the past 20 years, it is great to see the Chiefs being led in an entirely new direction by general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley (Bricks in the Wall, May 4). As sad as I was to see tight end Tony Gonzalez traded for a second-round pick next year, I have faith in this new regime.
Nolan Healy, Madison, Wis.
So Chris Ballard thinks that it's a great idea for Jeremy Tyler to forgo graduating high school to play pro basketball in Europe (POINT AFTER, May 4). I'm sure such lack of guidance and education of our athletes has nothing to do with the fact that, as SI recently reported, two years after retirement 78% of pro football players are either bankrupt or in financial stress, and 60% of former NBA players go broke within five years of retirement (How and Why Athletes Go Broke, March 23). It seems to me that sending a child across the ocean with a pocket full of cash is a recipe for disaster.
The teacher in me screamed, "Stay in high school, Jeremy. You can never go back!" However, Ballard showed me point for point that Jeremy can, should, and probably needs to head overseas. Good luck, Jeremy; can't wait to see you on the big stage.
Estes Park, Colo.
Dropping in on Slater
I was a counselor for the Cocoa Beach Recreation Department when Kelly Slater (Ready for the Next Wave, May 4) annually attended its camps. Kelly was not very big, but he was the toughest kid in the camp. Occasionally we would have the boys wrestle each other, and there was always one big one that no one wanted to wrestle—except for Kelly. Thanks to your article, I have a better understanding of this tough, fearless kid.
Jed Grennan, Oviedo, Fla.
Gary Smith deserves commendation from surfers everywhere. His article about Slater lets people know that surfers aren't all bleach-blond, bong-toting, beer-blasting beach bums but rather true athletes with struggles just like everyone else.
David Coats, Fullerton, Calif.
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